4 Tips for Rolling the Perfect Spring Roll

published Feb 28, 2014
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Nothing is sadder than a poorly-rolled spring or summer roll, but judging the right amount of filling to put in each roll can be difficult. Too little, and it’s all wrap, no flavor. Too much, and you fight to keep the fillings inside. Here are a few tips for rolling the perfect spring roll every time.

  1. Start with less filling than you think you need. You can always add more.
  2. When you find the perfect amount of filling, loosely measure it in a tablespoon or the palm of your hand before you roll it up, so you can use roughly the same amount for the remaining rolls.
  3. When you start rolling, one edge of the wrapper should cover the filling ingredients when you pull it over. That way, you can fold the sides in and have a nice package that is easier to roll.
  4. Don’t worry about making sure your filling fills the exact number of rolls in the recipe. Chances are, you have extra tortillas or wrappers. It’s easier to deal with excess filling than too few servings.
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Do you have any tips for rolling better spring or summer rolls?

(Updated from a post originally published on May 1, 2008)